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Countdown to the DML Competition Winners' Showcase: Day 17 Working Examples Project @DML2011

If you plan to be at DML2011, this promises to be an interesting workshop led by Drew Davidson, Eric Keylor, Michelle Cohen, and James Gee, (Thursday, March 3, 2011 @ 2:30pm).

Take a look at the Working Examples Project website here: http://working.dev.deeplocal.com/

(That's 2010 DML Competition winner Click! The Online Spy School up there as one of the worked examples. Really impressive to see the project laid out like this -- take a look).

Message from Drew:

The working examples project seeks to build new cross-disciplinary work via clear examples of important emerging ideas, interventions, and arguments. We hope that via shared examples people will be better able to understand each other across disciplinary lines in areas like digital media and learning and better able to collaborate on theory building and field building.

We're developing a system to help track a project's process and progress and also unpack and illustrate the design decisions that occurred across the course of the project.  This system lets people post about ideas from their projects which they want to share and on which they want feedback. Furthermore, while the system will illustrate the ideas and concepts, it will also, crucially, allow us all to visualize connections across projects,
people, and ideas as we grow networks of related (and contrasting) projects and ideas.

The working examples project, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, is meant to be a way to grow emerging cross-disciplinary fields and it is meant, as well, as a new form of scholarship that invites collaboration. It
will also be a way that people can get their core ideas in front of a larger public of scholars, policy makers, funders, and media. Several foundations and agencies have expressed an interest in using the working examples site for their own purposes in field building and supporting cutting edge work around digital media and learning and related areas.  We envision this effort eventually becoming a public and international platform.

As a part of this site, we've also created dml buzz (internal working title) which is inspired by the stack exchange collaborative community q&a systems that help members share knowledge and earn reputation for their
participation.  We hope that dml buzz can help add a layer of involvement that highlights issues that people consider important in the field as well as spanning from general q&a and issues down to specific projects, teams and people.  The working examples system will then be able to incorporate the dml buzz information into the network visualizations to help illustrate important issues across the field and the projects, people and ideas
involved. (NOTE: dml buzz is currently configured for general q&a only, its being updated and will soon be operational on more levels.)

All that said, we think this system could be a great way for people to get involved, share work, develop reputation, and network with others in the field.  A how-to guide is pasted below and you can see an example project here: http://working.dev.deeplocal.com/frontend/project/23. We encourage you to create accounts and explore the system. Feel free to make a rough start and we will help you along as the site progresses.  So take a look at the document and play around with the site. We're continuing to add features and fix bugs, so any comments, please share. This will help us with testing, while also helping improve the system, and making it useful for people in the field like yourselves.


How to Create a Working Example

1.     To begin, either:

a.    Login to the working examples site:

i.    Go to http://working.dev.deeplocal.com/frontend
ii.    Click on Login in the top-right (top banner) of the page.
iii.    Provide your id (email address) and password.
iv.    Press the Login button.

b.    Or create a new account:

i.    Go to http://working.dev.deeplocal.com/frontend
ii.    Click on Create Account in the top-right (top banner) of the page.
iii.    Fill out the form and upload a picture of yourself under Image.
iv.    Press the Create Account button.

2.    Start a new project:

a.    After logging in, you will be on the My Projects page.
b.    Press the Add New Project button.  (Right side of the page.)
c.    Or, click on a current project in order to edit/add to it.

3.    Describe your project:

a.    You will now be on the Project Details page for your project.
b.    Create a title for your project in the Title box.
c.    Provide a description for your project in the Description box.  This may be as brief or as detailed as you want.
d.    Provide descriptive tags (keywords) separated by commas in the Tags box.

i.    IMPORTANT:  The tags are used to create a visual and searchable
network of projects.  The tags that you choose will help provide links to
related projects.  Therefore, it is important to provide tags for your
project. Consider tags that highlight your topic, method, audience,
platform, etc.

e.    Press the Browse button to upload an image to be main image for your project on the main page and on the projects description page.
f.    Select the project team members in the Team box (to select multiple team members you can down hold the Ctrl key (or the Command key on a Mac).
g.    Select the Public box if you want the project to be visible to EVERYONE who comes to the site.  If the box is not checked, the project will be private, and only team members will see the project.  Private projects and public projects have the same functionality.  The only difference is who can see the project on the site.

h.    Press the Create Project button.

4.    Check your project description.

a.    The Project Details page will refresh.
b.    Check your description.
c.    If you are satisfied, you dont have to do anything.  Go to #5.
d.    If there are any changes that you would like to make, go ahead and make the changes.
e.    After making the changes, press the Update Project button at the bottom of the page.  Repeat #4 until you are satisfied with your description.  Then, go to #5.

5.    Tell us why your project is important.

a.    Click Questions in the banner (toward the top of the page) to the right of Project Details.
b.    You are now on the Questions page where you can describe the context and story of your project.
c.    Answer the questions as appropriate.

i.    Seed questions relate to the origins of your project.
ii.    Sprout questions relate to the current state of your project.
iii.    Bloom questions relate to the future of your project.

d.    To answer a question, you may do any of the following:

i.    Write text in the box.
ii.    Click Link to provide links to existing media.

iii.    Click Video to record a video from your computer.

IMPORTANT:  If you click Video, you will be asked how much space Deeplocal can use.  This is secure. Deeplocal is our software engineering group.

iv.    Click File to upload files such as PowerPoint.
v.    IMPORTANT:  You may click on Text, Link, Video, and File as many times as you like to provide as much information as you like.
vi.    Press the Save Answer button at the bottom of the page.

e.    Check your answers:

i.    The Questions page will refresh.
ii.    If you want to make any changes, make the changes and press the Save Answer button again.

6.    Describe your progress.  Use this to document past work on the
project, current work and issues, and future goals.

a.    Click Progress in the banner (toward the top of the page) to the right of Questions.
b.    Click the Add Progress button (toward the right side of the page).
c.    You are now on the Add Progress page.
d.    Provide a title, description, date, and stage suggestions (Seed, Sprout, Bloom).
e.    Choose whether to make this progress description public.
f.    Press the Create Progress button.

i.    NOTE: If your project is in process already, you can backdate progess
entries in order to capture a more accurate timeline.

7.    View your project.

a.    If your project is public, click on Main Site at the top of the page to see your project on the main page.
b.    Explore other projects.  You can filter projects by clicking the options in the View by menu toward the top of the Main Site page.

8.    Explore your network.

a.    Click on Network toward the top of the page to find connections to other projects and people.

9.    Congratulations!  You have created a working example.


 

How to use DML Buzz

1. DML Buzz (internal working title) is inspired by Stack Overflow and StackExchange, collaborative community Q&A systems that help members share knowledge and earn reputation for their participation. We hope that DML Buzz can help add a layer of involvement that highlights issues that people consider important in the field as well as spanning from general Q&A and issues down to specific projects, teams and people. The Working Examples
system will then be able incorporate the DML Buzz information into the network visualizations to help illustrate important issues across the field and the projects, people and ideas involved.

a. NOTE: DML Buzz is currently configured for general Q&A only, its being updated and will soon be operational on more levels.

2. To begin, you click on the DML Buzz link at the top of the page.

a. To Add a Question

i. Click on the Add New Question button to add a question.
ii. The Title is where you write in your question.
iii. The Description is where you can add more information or context for your question.
iv. Add tags before you create your question. Consider tags that help contextualize your question.
v. Click Create Question and youve added your question to the Buzz

   b. To Answer a Question
       i. Click on the question you want to answer
       ii. Type in your answer and click Add Answer

   c. To Vote on a Question

       i. Click on the question on which you want to vote
       ii. Click the Up Arrow to vote up a question positively
       iii. Click the Down Arrow to vote down a question negatively

NOTE: Voting on questions will help the Working Examples system visualize which topics and concepts are considered important by the community.


Countdown to the 2010 DML Competition Showcase features Where Are They Now? updates on the 2008, 2009, and 2010 winners. The 2010 DML Competition winners will showcase their projects at the Designing Learning Futures DML Conference on March 4, 2011 in Long Beach, California.

Visit our DML Countdown page to view more updates from featured projects.

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